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Now I Got Worry
Now I Got Worry
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The passing of time: The change of personality?, 9 July 2004
This review is from: Now I Got Worry (Audio CD)
I wrote the review below, and I would like to write this one as I'm now embarrassed by it's over-enthusiasm which shows a lack of musical experience. This album will not change the way you look at music, unless you are just getting into music (like I was, when I bought this album over 4 years ago). It doesn't particularly do anything new or innovative, although there is a fairly unique Hip Hop song which employs Blues-sounding instruments (track 4 - **** **** Up). Although not innovative music, this is album is still definitely worth buying as, they do have a distinctive sound (Often Hip Hop beats providing rhythm for Punk/Noise/Rock'n'Roll riffage, with bizarre nonsensical wailing that is sometimes amusing) and the songs certaintly do rock.

The Painter's Palette
The Painter's Palette
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great album., 29 Jun. 2003
This review is from: The Painter's Palette (Audio CD)
On The Painter's Palette Ephel Duath play what I refer to as Jazzcore (sounds cool doesn't it?). Thrash-like or even possible Death Metal-like riffs are kept company by jazzy guitar playing and occasionally a trumpet which adds mood at certain points before or after various catharses. The technical playing is accompanied with a mixture of atmospheric singing and then screaming.

Buy Now... Saved Later
Buy Now... Saved Later

4 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new. Nothing interesting., 21 April 2003
This review is from: Buy Now... Saved Later (Audio CD)
I bought this album almost 3 years ago. I was quite fond of it but alas, my experience of music was very limited at the time.
I listened to this album just now for the first time in probably a year. It was okay, but it is too easy to spot the influences - Faith No More, Deftones, Rage Against The Machine and Korn (I don't even have any Korn albums but I can still recognise various Korn guitar sounds). This type of thing has been done much better before.
The lyrics are pretty poor as well. Standard rebellious stuff; lyrics which tell you to rebel but not what to rebel against "Right the wrong." The album drags on for too long, it could have done with having tracks 12 and 13 cut.
Having said that, there are some good riffs here and there. Fodd For The Brain has one, Spoonfull of Sugar has another.
There are better English metal bands out there right now, who are much more challenging and intense than this - Eden Maine and Sikth being two.
Also I would expect more from people who have been influenced by Bill Hicks, check Aenima by Tool.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slight correction to my first review., 29 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Bullhead (Audio CD)
One of the reviews below is mine, I wrote it when I was musically less "mature" and was just a little bit too enthusiastic. Firstly, I would just like to say this isn't a technical album and secondly not every song is great - Track 3 "Ligature" is merely quite good.
However, the heaviness of "Boris," "Anaconda," "Zodiac," "Your Blessened," the spookiness of "If I had an Exorcism," and the all-time Rock classic "It's Shoved," does make this an excellent Heavy Grunge, Sludge Metal, Stoner Rock album.
As I said before - Highly recommended.

Hurricane Necklace
Hurricane Necklace
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Such a great Indie Rock album., 26 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Hurricane Necklace (Audio CD)
This is an excellent album. This definitely deserves to be re-issued. For this LP, New Radiant Storm Kings often employ a "melodic" build up to passages of strong, forceful and evocative guitar - try to imagine a slightly less extreme early Sonic Youth mixed with the warmth of Pavement, not a spot-on desription but it if quite close.
There are a few songs that take a more tradiotional approach and just rock (eg. Combat Chair, Kind Ghost). Hurrican Necklace is a very pleasant and friendly album, that is sung passionately and played with more finesse than the likes of Pavement (although perfect musicianship was not why Pavement were loved). It is very hard to dislike this album, I'm glad I searched for more information on New Radiant Storm Kings and found a copy of this album. Do yourself a favour.
Like staring up at a clear blue sky after months of rain.

For Your Own....
For Your Own....
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes. You're in the right place., 25 Mar. 2003
This review is from: For Your Own.... (Audio CD)
This is a great Post-Hardcore album. I absolutely love the songs Cruel Swing and U-Trau, they get me pumped and put me in a very good mood. If you like/love bands such as Fugazi, Shudder To Think, Big Black, the Jesus Lizard etc, you will like this album. Even if you don't like those bands you should still try to track down this album on ebay or somewhere like that because almost any Rock fan will dig this album on some level.
There is some pretty good musicianship on this album for Punk Rock band, many good riffs supported by strong competent drumming and solid bass playing. A very consistent album that is timeless. Go and find it.

Stupid Dream
Stupid Dream

6 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty average., 23 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Stupid Dream (Audio CD)
I bought this album under the impression that this was a Progressive Rock record - a tag this doesn't live up to in my ears. You see, back in the day Pink Floyd (and others) were called Prog Rock because they PROGRESSED the Rock genre with daring new ways of rocking (for want of a better term). Stupid Dream does not take the Rock genre further than the likes of Pink Floyd already have - the only (semi)unusual track is #11-Tinto Brass, the rest of the tracks are nothing I hadn't heard before, some even come close to the realm Brit-Pop (#2-Piano Lessons, #7-This is No Rehearsal).
However, having said that the majority of the songs are quite good (#5-Slave Called Shiver is excellent) and this album may be worth buying if you're not that bothered about this album being derivative.

Transfer Trachea Reverberations; False Omniscient From Point
Transfer Trachea Reverberations; False Omniscient From Point
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ay caramba!, 21 Mar. 2003
The End (good name) are a band who push themselves and their listeners to the extremes of physical and mental endurance. This is Free-Jazz in Metal form. What you'll be getting is complex rhythms, structures and riffs. Want a challenging and rewarding metal album? Look no further. "Math" Metal has been done before but The End have pushed it further into the realms of intensity, complexity and discombobulation induction. Enjoy.
The End.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iceburn debut LP., 19 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Firon (Audio CD)
I enjoy this album greatly (as indicated by the 5 stars.)
Why : this rocks very consistently and it rocks in a refreshing way (especially for the year it was originally released - 1992). You get some odd-time signatures here and there, jazzy parts that fit in well with the music, a Vivaldi inspired piece (5. Winter) and one track with a cartoonish style to its guitar and bass lines which are complimented by 2 samples from Sylvester and Tweety (8. Odd), no guitar solos (which is a good thing to me as they were overused and are now cheesy and show a lack of ideas).
4 of the songs last in between 7-8 minutes (1,5,9,11) and one lasts for almost 10 minutes (10. Guts) and these tracks are written very well (musically speaking, lyrically the album is mainly vague imagery of burning and fire), they start threateningly, suggestively, and excite whilst occassionally hitting high peaks of rock fury (as I like to call it).
This is the best place to start with Iceburn in my opinion as this is them at their most accessible - before they became more progressive and eventually became a Free Jazz band with their 2 most recent albums (Power of The Lion and Polar Bear Suite).

Cords Wires
Cords Wires
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good., 7 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Cords Wires (Audio CD)
Let's make this quick and to the point.
This album is quite varied and quite unique, imagine halfway between Mr. Bungle circa Disco Volante and Radiohead circa Kid A and you'll be somewhere near the area this album lies in.
The first song on this is quite cheerful in a strange sort of way however the rest are dark and depressing but still strange. A few of the tracks are dark and depressing but with some kind of beautiful hope lurking in the distance (especially track 12 "Flight To The Future" which is quite beautiful in that sad way.)
You get a bit of Jazz, some electronica, one metal track, some nice piano.
Recommended to those who like an album to grow on them (well actually it only took me 3 listens to appreciate this LP but it always varies.)
Farewell my friends.

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